In Williamsport, Maryland, a farmer by the name of Greg Wiles, has two cows on his farm which were cloned. He has been milking them, and pouring the milk down the drain, in compliance with the voluntary ban on selling cloned meat. But, if this was a voluntary ban, it is possible for a farmer to use that meat, and sell it, and not break any laws.

Greg is being evicted from his family business in a harsh battle, he is now having financial difficulties, and feels that selling the milk and meat could be his only livelihood. The Food and Drug Administration claim that it probably would be safe, however, there have been no testing of the effects of consuming cloned meat on the human body. With all of the other problems in our food system lately with Taco Bell meat, e-coli in our vegetables, the deaths of individuals through the consuming of contaminated food, it would seem unreasonable to add cloned meat and milk to the American diet, create yet another obstacle for health, by not only increasing the likelihood of people getting sick and dying, but by making more ways for it to happen, so that it will be less likely to find out why or how people got sick. This would allow for companies who violate health codes, or have contaminated products to skate free from responsibility.

Associated Press has found that:

The federal government has no way to stop a farmer such as Wiles from selling meat or milk from cloned animals. That means no one can be sure the food supply is free of them….

…The dairy industry says there are at least 150 livestock clones living in the United States.

And, while their hasn’t been any studies of cloned animals, it seems a bit contradictory, since they have the opportunity to.

According to AP:

Wiles says he doesn’t want the animals killed — he says one of the clones, Cyagra, has had health problems and should be studied. Cyagra has never grown to full size, aborted her first calf and had another that died a month after it was born. Wiles has offered her to the government for research. The government has declined.

Perhaps the government doesn’t want to know the health effects of cloned meat. It could easily hire a public relation firm to dominate the media, and state that they haven’t found anything unsafe about it, down the stream a bit to state that there is safe, and eventually add it into our diet and create a market for it. For now though, the American people are skeptic, and have many reservations about consuming cloned animal products, and looking at the animals such as Cyagra, it is easy to see why.

Heather Kuhn is an author, and she writes for Todays News and the Blogger News Network

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